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Friday, January 9, 2009

Re: Re: Regrets Regrets

Posted by on Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 3:51 PM

I understand your point, Brendan, but where, exactly, does one draw the line? Taking an example from the books section, I've said in the past that I refuse to review open mic nights because it would just be cruel for cruelty's sake, and that's how I felt watching Bullshot Crummond and knowing I'd have to review it.

People pay to see high school theater; should we start reviewing high school performances? I think a well-aimed use of the word "amateur" in our calendar listing for future Twelfth Night productions would probably say anything that a review of an amateur production could. If I was a curious potential ticket-buyer it would certainly tell me all I needed to know.

 

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Out of curiosity, where does public art fit in to this scheme of amateurs? You've taken some stabs at the public poetry in this town, the Poetry on Buses and the like, and it seems to me that those (with a few exceptions here and there) would definitely fall under the "amateur" category.
Posted by Chris B on January 9, 2009 at 4:03 PM · Report this
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The amateur border is too soft for a good definition—many at Washington Ensemble Theatre are "amateurs" with day jobs, but they're in a whole other league than Twelfth Night.

I draw the line at students. Everybody else, especially if they're wanting to get listed in the paper and ask for people's money, is fair game.

We don't focus on the consistently ramshackle companies, but it's only fair to check in with them once in awhile and let people know what's going on.
Posted by Brendan Kiley on January 9, 2009 at 4:25 PM · Report this
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I agree, amateur is not a good word to apply to theater for exactly the reasons you have stated Brendan (in fact by that definition 95% of theater is amateur, including the big houses).

A better phrase is 'community theater'. Slightly misleading as there isn't any community theater in Seattle that I am aware of and that is a shame. It is side notion I thought about while reading these posts. Theater is Seattle is pretty much divided into artists and audience. There isn't a way for audience to participate in theater on their own, just for fun for their, you know - community.
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